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About Suicide

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Suicide, which occurs when an individual intentionally takes his or her own life, is among the leading causes of death in the United States. The act of thinking about or preparing for one's own suicide is known as suicidal ideation, while a nonfatal, potentially harmful behavior performed with the intent of ending one's own life is known as a suicide attempt. The terms "success" for fatal attempts and "failure" for nonfatal attempts have previously been used to describe suicide attempts.(Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Is suicide an individual right?
  • How can suicide be prevented?
  • What are the causes of teen suicide?
  • Should physicians assist terminally ill patients in suicide?
  • Discuss suicide of a particular group: women, gay youth, African Americans, etc.
  • Discuss the link between depression and suicide.
  • Is there a link between antidepressants or other prescription drugs and suicide?
  • Are schools, colleges, or universities doing enough to prevent suicide?
  • How can the military battle the epidemic of suicide?
  • Have economic conditions affected the suicide rate?
  • What can be done to combat suicide bombings?
  • Discuss the link between bullying and suicide?
  • How can "suicide by cop" or "suicide by train" be combated?